With the All-Star break upon us, the Indiana Pacers head into it as the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference, so let’s take a look at how their key players have performed thus far.
Indiana lost two of its last three games before the break, one coming in a one-point loss against the Orlando Magic and the other against the Dallas Mavericks, a game where the Pacers scored just 73 points.
Still, Indy is enjoying their best season since the Jermaine O’Neal era and stands as one of the few legitimate title contenders in the NBA.
The Pacers earned their 40-12 record mainly by playing smothering defense (No. 1 in opponent points per game), but Paul George has burst onto the scene and quickly become one of the league’s best players, further helping Indiana’s title run.
Lance Stephenson’s emergence has been huge as well, as he’s developed his offense while maintaining his ferocity on the defensive end.
Grades will be handed out based on overall performance up to this point, although recent games will play a big role. I’ll start with the second unit and work up to the starters.
How has the Pacers roster performed heading into the All-Star break?
Note: All stats gathered from Basketball-Reference.com unless otherwise stated.